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A foul smell is not a sign of poor air quality: CoJ

What was believed to be a ‘sulphur cloud’ was apparently caused by pollution from power stations and industrial operations in Mpumalanga – which may have drifted into the highveld.

JOHANNESBURG — The City of Johannesburg has assured residents that the metropolis’ air quality is safe despite an unusual pungent smell in the air.

What was believed to be a ‘sulphur cloud’ was apparently caused by pollution from power stations and industrial operations in Mpumalanga – which may have drifted into the highveld.

Environment and Infrastructure Services MMC Michael Sun said the provincial Air Quality Management Unit will continue to monitor high sulfur levels and possible health risks.

“The city’s air quality management unit has established that the smell is widespread throughout the city, which fortunately rules out the possibility of a localized source in Johannesburg. I urge residents not to don’t panic. The city is potentially facing a source of cross-border pollution,” he said.

“The current weather system is conducive to transporting pollution from the Highveld Priority Area and Mpumalanga Industrial Complex, which further handles power generation and petrochemical industrial operations,” Sun explained.



A foul smell is not a sign of poor air quality: CoJ

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